It’s official – you’re far more likely to shed those pounds if you join forces with a friend. A new survey reveals the average woman will drop more than 10lbs when she has girlfriends willing to diet and train with her, while, incredibly, a fifth of girls who go it alone don’t lose a single pound.
Well if that’s not a reason to drag your best friend to the gym with you, we don’t know what is…
Apparently 61% of us find it almost impossible to summon up the enthusiasm to exercise alone, yet two thirds actually enjoy going for a jog or a swim with a friend – and we’ll even push ourselves harder if we have company.
‘It can be tricky to find the time, energy and enthusiasm for exercising when there’s no-one to do it with,’ says Sian Lewis of diamond.co.uk, who carried out the research. ‘At the end of a long day at work, it’s easy to collapse on the sofa for a few hours rather than go running. But having a friend who’s interested in keeping fit and toned can really help your motivation – suddenly exercise isn’t just about getting sweaty, and losing weight, it's about having a bit of quality time together. And the weight loss is an added bonus!’
Exercise certainly seems like less of a chore if you’re catching up on gossip while you’re doing it and, what’s more, working out with a friend means you won’t let your fitness fashion hit the skids.
‘Girls like to look their best at all times, whether it’s in the gym, in the pub or at work, and there’s no reason why we can’t combine a bit of fitness with a bit of glamour,’ says Sian. ‘After all, who knows who you might bump into?’
So do you agree? Is working out easier with a gal pal by your side? Or are you better off going solo?
By Caroline Benjamin